Vessels that dock at Shenzhen Port are required to use low-sulfur fuel

MEP.By Liu Jing (China Environment News). Shenzhen will implement the provisions on vessel pollution prevention and control in Plan on Vessel Emission Control Areas in Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Circum-Bohai Sea (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) (hereinafter referred as Plan).

As the world 3rd largest port for containers, the problem of vessel emission pollution is quite serious in Shenzhen. Based on preliminary data, the vessels at Shenzhen Port consumed about 200,000 ton of heavy oil in 2014 that emitted about 1,408 ton of PM2.5, 16,153 ton of NOX and 13,472 ton of SO2, which accounts for about 11.6%, 12.4% and 65.5% respectively of the total emissions in Shenzhen. Container vessels contribute most to emissions, accounting for 74% of total vessel emissions. The air quality simulation analysis shows that vessel emissions raise the annual average SO2 and NO2 concentration in Shenzhen by 4μg/m3 and 8μg/m3 respectively.

By the end of July, 23 shipping companies with a total of 185 container vessels have committed to using low-sulfur fuel when at berth. They are subsidized 11 million RMB. Shenzhen Port now has 10 berths equipped with shore power facilities, the one that has the most berths with share power facilities nationwide.

Source:China Environment Media

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